Tuesday, March 20, 2007

John Block's sisters

This old photo is an image of Anne Marie (Bloch) Barche. Anne was born Feb.15,1843 in Saurenhorn or Ziegelried, Schüpfen, Bern, Switzerland. She was the 2nd of 4 known children of Jakob Bloch & Anna Elizabeth Burri. She came over to America years before the rest of her family. She was living in 1963 in Scott Co. Iowa where other family members lived. Anne Marie married Earnest Christian Barche Sept. 26,1868 in Walcott, Scott Co. Iowa. He ahd been born in Saxon, Germany coming to America in 1854, living in New York until the outbreak of the Civil War. He enlisted in Walcott, Scott Co. Iowa Co. G 1st Infantry then enlisted in Co. K 6th Iowa Inf. Later he enlisted again in Co. I 3rd Cavalry, Iowa. He served at least three times. Earnest and Anne had seven children: Mary E., Louie, Louise, Lena , Jacob and two infants who died shortly after birth. Anne Marie Barche died Sept. 30,1926 in Olney, Richland Co. Illinois. She is shown in the second photo with her sister Elizabeth (Bloch) Slunaker. This information is from my cousin and fellow genealogist, Ruth Kunce.
The last picture is of John Block and his sife Margaret (Schuneggar) Block in the early 1920s. After the death of Margaret in 1924, John moved in with his son George until his own death in 1926. My grandmother, who was just a girl of 7 or 8 years old, remembers John and his two sisters sitting out in the front yard speaking in German.

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